For this week’s gaming news round-up, Pokemon invades trains, Wii U is made by wee people, and Zygna hunting down those trade secrets.
Happy Sunday, Peeps! Fun fact: I wrote this up on Friday! I’m most likely passed out somewhere right now; snoring and drowning in a puddle of my own drool after gaming 24 hours in Extra Life (check the Live Blog here!). Ah, sleep.
Anyhoo, let’s get down to business! Here was the news that was!
From The Intarwebs & Blogosphere
Gotta Catch ‘Em All… On The Train? — I love Pokemon, you love Pokemon, everyone loves Pokemon. Japan loves Pokemon; putting the lil’ critters on planes, on kitchenware… even on trains.
Beginning December 22, trains in Japan’s Tohouku region will be plastered with Pikachu, Togepi, and Oswalt. Curtains, carpets, the whole shebang.
You can check out the images below. I wouldn’t mind seeing something like this in my neck of the woods. I want to see someone dressed up as Snorlax ready to take my ticket.
Source: Japan is getting a Pokémon-themed train, [Eurogamer]
Industry SECRETS!!! — Okay, not really industry secrets. But Zygna has some concerns that one of their former employees might be spilling the beans about their projects and have launched a suit.
Ex-Zygna General Manager, Alan Patmore, has been accused of uploading a number of Internal files and assets to a Dropbox account from his work computer shortly before his departure. Joystiq reports that these files include (but not limited to) monetization plans, game mechanic documentation, and game design documents for an unannounced game.
Patmore now works for online gaming company, Kixeye, so Zygna’s main concern is that all the confidential info is being shared with their competitor. Zygna also said that Patmore refused to sign a special termination agreement, which reminds Patmore of the many things he agreed to when he joined Zygna… like to not steal company assets.
Zygna is working to make sure Patmore and Kixeye don’t use or have any access to those assets, as well as seeking damages.
So Zygna, who have been accused of stealing ideas from game developers left and right (like from EA), is now suing to prevent their own ideas from being stolen. Interesting…
Source: Zynga suing former Cityville GM over theft of trade secrets, [Joystiq]
Children Forced To Make Wii U Consoles — Not exactly the kind of news you want coming out about your new console a month before its intended launch.
Foxconn, the company mass producing Nintendo’s Wii U, has admitted to using Chinese children in their factories.
According to reports, the young workers, aged 14 to 16, were forced to work at Foxconn for school credit. If they didn’t go through with it, they wouldn’t have been able to graduate, or even get expelled.
“Nintendo is in communication with Foxconn and is investigating the matter,” a Nintendo rep said. “We take our responsibilities as a global company very seriously and are committed to an ethical policy on sourcing, manufacture and labour.
“If we were to find that any of our production partners did not meet our guidelines, we would require them to modify their practices according to Nintendo’s policy.”
News of Foxconn’s suspect conditions aren’t really new: Earlier in the year, Foxconn workers threatened mass suicide after a round of layoffs and closing down of an Xbox 360 production line, among other reports of employee discontent. With these sorts of reports floating around, it’s a wonder why manufacturers still use them to make their products!
Source: Nintendo investigating Wii U manufacturer Foxconn for using illegal child labour, [Eurogamer]
And I’m FREEEEEE! FREE FALLIN’! — Last week, Austrian Felix Baumgartner broke all sorts of records, including highest freefall from space.
Ubisoft Canada posted this on their page. The true record holder:
Choice Tweets of the Week
Why is Guilty Gear so goddamn amazing? Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the ‘LEGO Scale’ of fighting games! twitter.com/Japan_Game_Lov…
— I ♥ Japanese Games (@Japan_Game_Love) October 17, 2012
We strive to differentiate PS3 from competitors. For example, it’s the only current gen home console with no price cut this holiday season — CEO Kaz Hirai (@KazHiraiCEO) October 17, 2012
…Good deed accomplished. Have a nice day. — Jonas (@Taroku) October 19, 2012
Vid of the Week
Ah, Halo 4. Gamers were so excited about your upcoming release, they got their hands on your through torrent sites and were perma-banned from Xbox Live for it.
Now to continue to fuel this excitement, here’s a new trailer for the game. Because you kids like the Halo 4.
That’s all for this edition of It Came From Web! If you hear of any gaming news shenanigans over the week, give me a shout!